Like many other cultural events, The 24th edition of the popular music festival had been jeopardized by the coronavirus pandemic. Luckily, the organizers handled the situation brilliantly and in the end, the festival will be held in truly unconventional locations. Among them will be an open air stage in the heart of Prague on Lucerna rooftop, where the Israeli jazz double bassist Avishai Cohen will demonstrate his skill, as well as a floating stage on the Vltava River, where British violinist Daniel Hope will perform. According to the organizers, tickets are still available and the musicians will definitely show up - they have a negative test for coronavirus.
"We have employed all coronavirus measures possible. Apart from the fact that this year, the events are being held outside for the first time, we also meet other safety requirements,"
the festival's marketing specialist Tomáš Pokorný told LP-life.com. He then assured our editors that the musicians would definitely be able to come to the Czech Republic - all of them have been tested.
A violinist will perform on a floating stage between the Bridge of the Legions and the Slavic Island, near the National Theater on the backdrop of a breathtaking panorama of Prague Castle.
"The Hope for Prague concert will be a celebration of the return of shared musical experiences to Prague and the entire cultural world,"
The floating stage and auditorium will cover an area of more than 100 m2. The newly created Vltava auditorium comfortably sits up to 1,000 spectators. The stage for Daniel Hope and the twenty-member Epoque Orchestra was built according to the design of Šimon and Michal Cabanovi.
British phenomenon Daniel Hope, a student of the legendary Yehudi Menuhin, will perform the program Vivaldi - Recomposed, a modern version of the Four Seasons by the British composer Max Richter, together with the Czech ensemble Epoque Orchestra.
"It's been seven years since I first performed in Prague at Strings in Autumn. I fell in love with the city and the festival back then, so I'm excited about the opportunity to come back here and play this unique concert. Prague offers one of the most beautiful skylines in the world, and I'm looking forward to showing the world in September that Prague sounds again and that music has a healing power,"
Although double bassist Avishai Cohen sells out huge arenas, he will perform in a very intimate setting in Prague. Only 250 spectators can fit on the Lucerna rooftop, which is why not one, but two concerts will take place in September. Cohen will be the one to open the festival with his concert on September 11.
The uniqueness of the evening will be underlined by the charming environment between the Prague towers on the roof of the Lucerna Palace, which offers a unique view of the city's landmarks. This is the very first concert of a world star at this location.
"We have originally started to organize these extraordinary outdoor concerts 'because' of the virus, but in the end, I think we can say it was 'thanks' to the virus. Two unforgettable concerts await us, and it is precisely such uplifting experiences that we all need at this time,"
The twenty-fourth Strings of Autumn will run in two blocks - in September outside, in November inside. In November, the concert hall will welcome the pioneers of acoustic techno Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble, countertenor Andreas Scholl, the purest Brazilian bossa nova by Vinicius Cantuaria, and at the very of the festival, visitors will be able to admire the doyen of the Czech music scene Jiří Suchý in a stage Recital.